A toy retailer in Mong Kok is going through a public backlash after it accused a boy of “kicking” a human-sized Teletubby sculpture after which requested his mother and father to pay HK$33,600 (US$4,281) for the damaged toy.
The explanation for the backlash might be seen in a video circulating on-line displaying the second the boy by accident knocked over the 1.8-meter tall golden Laa-Laa doll which was not protected in any approach from the big crowd within the retailer. From the video, it seems the statue fell simply because the boy leaned again on it barely.
In a message posted to Fb on Monday, the boy’s mom mentioned she visited the Kk Plus toy retailer in Langham Place on Sunday along with her household.
“I used to be not paying consideration and instantly heard a loud bang,” the put up learn.
“I turned again and noticed the doll with a damaged head. The very first thing the shop worker mentioned was that my son kicked the doll.”
The Fb person mentioned she and her husband instantly paid for the statue. The unique listed value was HK$52,800 (US$6,727), however they got a reduced value at HK$33,600 (US$4,281).
She added each of them and their son have been in shock.
Whereas the mother admitted that the onus lay on them as mother and father, no matter whether or not her son broke the merchandise intentionally or unintentionally, she mentioned she was sad that the shop had accused her son of kicking the sculpture.
“I solely realized that I had scolded my son wrongly after receiving a clip [of the incident],” she mentioned.
She added it was already “unreasonable” to not have any boundaries round such an costly sculpture. “However to accuse [my son] of kicking the doll is a fraud,” she mentioned.
Whereas some netizens mentioned the mother and father ought to have saved a watch on their boy, most web customers agreed with the mom that the shop ought to have achieved extra to guard the costly product.
One netizen mentioned the shop was “intentionally setting a entice” by placing such an costly merchandise out with no boundaries.
“If the toy injures a baby, it might be very critical,” he added.
Many additionally slammed the shop within the feedback of its most up-to-date Facebook post, with one calling it an “unscrupulous store”.
“There isn’t a base [securing the doll] or boundaries surrounding it,” identified one other. “Your store will not be large, it’s a matter of time that the doll will break. I’m not saying that the mother and father should not accountable, however your store has an even bigger duty.”
The boy’s father advised Industrial Radio on Tuesday that his son, aged 5, had requested him thrice why the doll was “so scary”.
He added that he regretted blaming his son from the beginning, earlier than understanding the matter totally and watching the footage of the accident.
The daddy additionally mentioned that his son has not calmed down from the incident and needed to take a day without work from college on Tuesday.
Kk Plus initially issued a press release on Fb saying the matter had been settled by mutual consent.
However after a deluge of destructive feedback, it deleted the put up on Tuesday morning.
A workers member on the Langham Place retailer advised reporters on Tuesday that the top workplace had communicated with the mother and father and baby concerned within the morning, however he didn’t have any details about the outcomes of the assembly.
He added that the corporate would put up the newest updates in regards to the incident on its social media accounts.
The workers member additionally mentioned the corporate would evaluate the incident and careworn the shop would offer “a protected setting for purchasers to buy.”
He added that they’ve put apart displays which can be over 1-meter tall and that the corporate agreed there must be boundaries or safety for bigger displays.